euphorbia

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noun eu·phor·bia \yü-ˈfȯr-bē-ə\

Definition of euphorbia

  1. :  any of a large genus (Euphorbia) of herbs, shrubs, and trees of the spurge family that have a milky juice and flowers lacking a calyx and included in an involucre which surrounds a group of several staminate flowers and a central pistillate flower with 3-lobed pistils; broadly :  spurge

Origin and Etymology of euphorbia

New Latin, alteration of Latin euphorbea, from Euphorbus, 1st century a.d. Greek physician


First Known Use: 14th century


Medical Dictionary

euphorbia

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noun eu·phor·bia \yu̇-ˈfȯr-bē-ə\

Medical Definition of euphorbia

  1. 1:  a large genus of plants of the spurge family that have a milky juice and flowers included in an involucre which surrounds a group of several staminate flowers and a central pistillate flower and that include a number which have been used medicinally

  2. 2:  any plant of the genus Euphorbia; also :  any of various other plants that belong to the spurge family


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